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IOM, the Government of Azerbaijan, the United States and civil society organizations mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons

 

 Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicOn 28 and 30 July 2017, the United Nations (UN) Migration Agency – International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized an event to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons within the framework of two projects: ‘Counter – Trafficking in Persons Activity’ funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures To Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons Through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance In Azerbaijan – Phase VI’ funded by Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), both implemented by IOM Mission in Azerbaijan. Panel discussions on ‘Promoting the Multidisciplinary Approach in Addressing Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling’ were organized July 28 in Ganja. The event aimed to attract the attention of a wide audience to this phenomenon and its consequences, as well as to increase knowledge and response in the field of combating trafficking in persons in Azerbaijan and worldwide. It additionally served as the sixth and last National Consultation in Azerbaijan vis-à-vis the preparations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. On 28 July, opening remarks were delivered by the Deputy Head of the Executive Committee of Ganja, Head of Legal Department, Mr. Khagani Abdulazimov, the Head of the MaPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicin Department on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr. Heydar Heydarov and USAID Acting Mission Director Mr. Randall Olson. Ms. Argentina Szabados, IOM Regional Director for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia sent a video-message to the participants of the event. The event was attended by 80 officials from different line ministries, civil society organizations, and diplomatic corps including NGO Coalition against Trafficking as well as Azerbaijan Children’s Union, Clean World Aid To Women Public Union, and ‘Tamas’ Regional Development Public Union. During the panel sessions key achievements of Azerbaijan to combat human trafficking such as ratification of protocols and implementation of all the provisions in international protocols and declarations were also highlighted. During the event, IOM and the Main Department on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan signed a Joint Declaration to mobilize collective efforts, enhance cooperation and partnership between state authorities, civil society organizations and the international community to combat trafficking in persons. On 30 July 2017, IOM in collaboration with the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in HuPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicman Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well the Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve ‘Icherisheher’ organized an open air public event in Baku. As a continuation to a similar successful event held last year, it aimed to sensitize and raise public awareness about trafficking in persons, as well as encouraging participation of a larger community to combat this crime. The event, attended by more than 100 people, was held in Icherisheher (Old City) State Historical-Architectural Reserve. Opening remarks delivered by Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Randall Olson, USAID Acting Mission Director and Mr. Heydar Heydarov, Chief of the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Persons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Furthermore, children, who are residents of Azerbaijan Children Union shelter, performed songs that they have learned during their stay in the shelter. The shelter’s initiative to engage children, who are victims of violence and/or lack parent-care, in such activities helps them regain psychological and behavioral well-being. IOM’s partner Graduate hoPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicuse under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection displayed their carpet souvenirs for fund-raising during the event. At the same time, IOM with its civil society partners such as the NGO Coalition against Trafficking, the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, Azerbaijan Children’s Union, Clean World Aid To Women Public Union, and ‘Tamas’ Regional Development Public Union distributed brochures and 10,000 water bottles with targeted message against trafficking in persons in eight different places in Baku and Ganja. The water bottles produced by the local company ‘Aquavita’ were specially designed for this day to draw attention on the issue of trafficking in persons. The continuous cooperation with ‘Aquavita’ through production of the water bottles during the last two years to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons is an exemplary experience of public–private partnership. IOM and its partners reached more than 15,000 persons to draw attention to human trafficking as modern day slavery that affects many countries worldwide through the campaign held in the Baku and Ganja.

   
   
  IOM and the Azerbaijani Government holds the National Consultations on Protection of Rights of Migrants to contribute to Global Compact for Migration
 

On 26th July 2017, IOM Azerbaijan and State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic held the fifth national consultations on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration titled “Protection of Rights of Migrants” in Tabriz hotel in Nakhchivan city, Azerbaijan. The event was attended by 25 participants including the officials from wide range of relevant national authorities based in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, namely State Migration Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Border Service, Ministry of Justice, Ombudsman Apparatus and representatives of media. Opening speeches at the event were delivered by ChiePhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicf of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak and Head of the State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Mr. Shahin Nabiyev. The national consultations were led by Ms. Fanny Dufvenmark, IOM Migration Law Expert and moderated by Mr. Claus Folden, IOM Consultant. After introductory session the consultations were followed by the presentation of Country Rrepresentative of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Furio De Angelis on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The presentation dedicated to the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic on Protection of Rights of Migrants was delivered by representative of State Migration Service of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Mr. Kenan Mammadov. During the break-out sessions the different aspects of the topic including priorities and goals of Azerbaijan with regards to existing policies on protection of migrant’s rights, challenges for confronting all forms of discrimination, main tools for ensuring social inclusion in the context of migrants, and measures for addressing the specific needs of vulnerable migrants in the country were addressed. At the final section of the break-out sessions recommendations on protection of rights of migrants were shared by the attendees, which will feed and shape the country’s contribution to world-wide discussions and consultations on Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. To this end the proceedings and outcome of the consultations would be documented and shared with the Government of Azerbaijan for their use and contribution to the discussions leading up to the Global Compact on Migration Stocktaking Meeting in November 2017.

   
  IOM LAUNCHED THE “PASSPORT EXAMINATION PROCEDURES MANUAL (PEPM) - Second Edition” in AZERBAIJAN
   
 

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicDeveloped as an update to the First Edition (2007) by IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre in response to the development of new security features in the production of identity and travel documents, this new version of the Manual includes new sections that are designed to help in increasing the border guards’ and relevant agencies’ capability to detect the fraudulent use of travel documents. The Manual contains technical specifications and recommendations laid down on the ICAO DOC. 9303 (2016 edition) and Annex 9 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Azerbaijan launched the Passport Examination Procedures Manual (PEPM) - Second Edition” on 24 July 2017 and delivered a 2-day training to present the PEPM Manual on 25-26 July 2017 in Baku. More than about 60 representatives from the national institutions, civil society organizations, diplomatic representations and private sector have participated in the launching event. The opening speeches were delivered by Colonel Murad Naghiyev, Deputy Chief of the International Relations Head Office of the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr William C. Solley, Acting Head of the Political Section of thPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republice U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan. Mr. Nelson Goncalves, IOM expert from African Capacity Building Center presented the second edition of PEPM. The second edition of PEPM is currently available in Arabic, Azerbaijani, Burmese, English, French, Portuguese, and Turkish. On 25-26 July 2017, IOM Azerbaijan has organized two-day training with the participation of 10 representatives from the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan and “SilkWay” Ground Handling Company. During the 2-day training participants received detailed information, guidance and direction to effectively screen and identify falsified travel documents. At the end of the training all participants have received certificates for completion of the first training program on PEPM – Second Edition. The Second Edition has been translated, printed and presented within the framework of the project ‘Enhancement of the National Capacity for the Integrated Border Management in Azerbaijan’ funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by IOM in close cooperation with the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

   
 

IOM Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani Government held the fourth National Consultations to contribute to the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)

 

On 24th July 2017, IOM Azerbaijan and the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan held the fourth national consultation on GlobPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republical Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration titled "Comprehensive Policies and Practices in Managing Migration" in Baku. More than 35 representatives from different national institutions, civil society organizations and private sector namely State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Customs Committee, Ombudsman’s office, State Statistics Committee, State Committee on Work with Diaspora, State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, National Confederation of Entrepreneurs Organizations, Azerbaijan Trade Unions Confederation, Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society, International Eurasia Press Fund, Eurasia Diary, Women Initiatives and Solution to Social Problems, TEMAS, Azersun Holding, Silk Way Ground Handling Company “Report” Information Agency and “AzerTac” State News Agency participated in the event and contributed to the fruitful discussions. Due to cross cutting nature of the migration, the consultation was held in four sessions; 1) Plenary, 2) migration management, 3) border management and 4) labour migration. One IOM expert and one national expert/official delivered presentations to lay the ground for discussions at the each session. The Plenary session provided general information on migration management such as global migration trends and migration governance framework in the well managed migration policies, GCM and Sustainable Development Goals. Mr. David Martineau, from IOM Headquarters made the presentation and raised key questions to lead the discussions in the migration management session. The first session started with the IOM’s presentation by David Martineau from which was focused on understanding the multiple dimensions of Migration Management, migration governance index to analyze and assess national institutional, policy and legal frameworks as well as national, regional and international cooperation and follow-up mechanisms aimed at facilitatinPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicg safe, orderly and regular migration. The national presentation was delivered by Mr. Emin Allahverdiyev, from the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on the national framework in managing migration in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The border management session touched upon the integrated and humanitarian border management concepts and migration and security nexus. Mr. Nelson Goncalves the IOM expert from African Capacity Building Center and Mr. Murad Naghiyev from the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan delivered the presentations. The last session focused on labour migration. Mr. Michael Newson from IOM Regional Office in Vienna and Mr. Fuad Jabbarov from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan were the speakers of this session. The presentations and discussions focused on mainstreaming migration into labour market & economic development objectives. The event finalized with the wrap up and final recommendations by the participants. The sessions have been moderated by Mr. Claus Folden, the IOM expert. The collected recommendations would be documented which will be fed into GCM preparations and discussions.

   
   
 

IOM ORGANIZES A FIVE-DAY TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON COUNTER TRAFFICKING FOR KEY EDUCATORS OF TRAINING INSTITUTIONS OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN

 

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicThe modus operandi of the trafficking in persons requires the relevant institutions to analyse different aspects of the crime and build capacity of the law enforcement agencies through organizing training programmes at different levels. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivered a Training of Trainers (ToT) program between 17-21 July 2017 in Baku with the participation of 24 officials from the Police Academy, Police School, Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The program is based on the two curricula developed by IOM for the Police Academy and the Police School. The five-day training curricula has been specifically designed for the students of the Police Academy and the three-day version has been developed for law enforcement recruits particularly for the use of the Police School and the national training institutioPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicns of the Ministry of Interior. The overall goal is to provide Police Academy and Police School students with the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills to enable them to provide an effective first response to human trafficking cases. The two new curricula formed the foundation of the program and will be adapted and finalized by Azerbaijani educators over the coming months. The Training was organized within the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) implemented by IOM, funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-sponsors and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

   
 

IOM ORGANIZES A WORKSHOP ON IMPLEMENTING READMISSION AGREEMENTS

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in AzerbaijanPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic is organizing a workshop on “Modalities and Practices in the Implementation of Readmission Agreements” on 6-7 July 2017 in Baku. The workshop aims at exchange of the experiences for efficient implementation of the EU Readmission Agreement in accordance with the international standards. The event was attended more than 35 participants including officials from the state institutions; State Migration Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ombudsman Apparatus, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs and Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and representatives from the European Commission, Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, Frontex, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden, Moldova, Georgia, Germany and Ukraine as well as IOM’s technical experts on readmission management, return and reintegration. The workshop is organized within the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) implemented by IOM, funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers and the U.S. DepartmentPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic of State- Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Launched in September 2014, the project seeks to enhance the capacities of Azerbaijani authorities in the area of migration and border management in line with the EU-Azerbaijan Cooperation Agreements, in particular the Visa Facilitation and Readmission through:
- assisting in the development and establishment of an effective mechanism for the management of the new visa regime and readmission process;
- strengthening legal and institutional capacity for effective migration management, including improved organizational performance and efficiency and upgraded inter-agency cooperation;
- strengthening national capacity for integrated border management (IBM) through reinforcement of border check and border surveillance procedures and operation, including through technical modernization and upgrading of equipment;
- increasing capacity in reducing and combating irregular migration and trafficking in persons through the deployment of effective and sustainable practices to fight cross-border crime, organized transnational crime including human smuggling and trafficking in persons.

   
 

IOM Azerbaijan supports the Azerbaijani Government to hold the National Consultations on Migration and Health to contribute to Global Compact for Migration

 

On 19th June 2017, IOM Azerbaijan and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan held the 3rd national consultations titled “Mainstreaming Migrant Health into the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” in Hyatt ConPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicference and Meeting Center, Baku, Azerbaijan. The event was attended by 39 participants including the officials from wide range of relevant national authorities, namely State Migration Service, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Committee for Refugees and IDP Affairs, State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Issues, and representatives from academia, media and civil society. Opening remarks were delivered by Mr.Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, and Ms.Firuza Huseynova, Chief Doctor at the Medical Facility of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Dr Jaime Calderon, MD MPH, Regional Migration Health Advisor from IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Vienna and Mr. Claus Folden, IOM Consultant. The panel discussions and the break-out sessions was a productive platform for dialogue and exchange of view, information and experiences among the participants, where the different aspects of the topic, such as priorities and strategic goals of Azerbaijan in field of health of migrants, challenges and gaps in existing policies regulating health of migrants, innovative solutions to tackle health of migrants were also addressed. “Mental health of migrants is an important component of their overall health status. Many migrants, especially victims of trafficking, as well as refugees and IDPs commonly respond to their hard conditions with a wide range of psychological issues, such as traumatic stress, cumulative stress, or mixed traumatic-cumulatiPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicve type of response. The signs and symptoms normally include shock, numbness, hopelessness anxiety, fear, or alternatively indifference, apathy, withdrawal, lowered self-esteem, self-blame, and feelings of loneliness and abandonment.” explained Dr.Nazim Aghazade, national expert. At the final section of the break-out sessions recommendations on mainstreaming migrant health into the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, and health of migrants in Azerbaijan and is implementation mechanism were shared by the attendees, which will feed and shape the country’s contribution to the global compact discussions and consultations. “One of the main strategies should be strengthening the capacity of the Government of Azerbaijan in effectively responding to mental health needs of the vulnerable group of migrants, such as refugees/IDPs and VoTs. This could be achieved through preparing a training package on psychosocial needs of migrants and conducting TOT workshops for a selected group of mental health professionals” recommended Dr. Aghazade. IOM Azerbaijan is conducting a series of national consultations on the elements of the six thematic areas of the global compact process following the interest and priorities of the Azerbaijani Government The main purpose of the consultations is to determine the key interest and national priorities of Azerbaijan vis-à-vis the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The topics of the consultations include (1) migration environment and climate change; (2) protecting migrants in the context of crises; (3) health of migrants; (4) migration management including immigration and border management, labour migration and human development; (5) migrants rights; and (6) combating irregular migration, trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

   
  IOM and the Azerbaijani Government held the National Consultations on Migration, Environment and Climate Change to contribute to Global Compact for Migration
 

On 16th June 2017, IOM Azerbaijan and State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan held the second national consultations on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration titled “Emerging Theme: Migration, Environment and Climate Change” in Hyatt Conference and Meeting Center, Baku, Azerbaijan. The event wPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicas attended by 33 participants including the officials from wide range of relevant national authorities, namely State Migration Service, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population, The State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Issues, State Statistics Committee and representatives from academia, media and civil society. The national consultations were led by Ms. Mariam Traore, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Specialist, IOM Office to the United Nations in New York, and moderated by Mr.Claus Folden, IOM Consultant. After introductory session the consultations were followed by the presentations dedicated to the topic delivered by the relevant state agencies. During the break-out sessions the different aspects of the topic including priorities and goals of Azerbaijan with regards to migration-environment nexus, existing policies, challenges and gaps on migration, environment and climate change in the couPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicntry were addressed. At the final section of the break-out sessions recommendations on migration, environment and climate change were shared by the attendees, which will feed and shape the country’s contribution to world-wide discussions and consultations on Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. To this end, the proceedings and outcome of the consultations would be documented and shared with the Government of Azerbaijan for their use and contribution to the discussions leading up to the Global Compact on Migration Stocktaking Meeting in November 2017. IOM Azerbaijan is conducting a series of national consultations on the elements of the six thematic areas of the global compact process following the interest and priorities of the Azerbaijani Government The main purpose of the consultations is to determine the key interest and national priorities of Azerbaijan vis-à-vis the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The topics of the consultations include (1) migration environment and climate change; (2) protecting migrants in the context of crises; (3) health of migrants; (4) migration management including immigration and border management, labor migration and human development; (5) migrants rights; and (6) combating irregular migration, trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.

   
  IOM presents Azerbaijani and Russian versions of Training Manual on Migration, Environment and Climate Change
 

The Azerbaijani and Russian versions of the first comprehensive modular training manual dedicated to the issue of human mobility and environmental and climate change: “Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Training Manual (Facilitators’ Guide)” was launched on 16 June 2017, in Hyatt Conference and Meeting Center, Baku, Azerbaijan The manual was developed as part of IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) project funded by the European Union and translated into Azerbaijani and Russian languages by IOM Mission in Azerbaijan within a project financially supporPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicted by the IOM Development Fund. It provides an in-depth overview on the concepts of the migration-environment nexus, mobility and disasters and slow-onset events, data, legal issues, regional perspectives, and a step-by-step roadmap on how to integrate human mobility into policies, including climate change adaptation policies. Since 2013, IOM’s capacity building programme has already benefited about 40 countries globally, where the manual was pilot tested and validated. Such kind of capacity building training took place in Baku from 2 to 4 May 2016, designed to build the capacity of policymakers and practitioners to integrate migration and environment into policy-making, enabling them to propose concrete national policy and programmatic recommendations. The Training Manual was developed through a process of collaboration with MECLEP partners, experts and policymakers, and has been pilot tested in seven countries before its release. This participatory training tool is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Azerbaijani to respond to global demand and allow IOM to deliver regular workshops upon to requests of Member States. The manual comes at a time when there is an increasingly urgent need to address the impact of climate change on human mobility. The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, adopted in September 2016, also acknowledged environmental change and climate change as drivers of migration, and formally recognized the migration-environment nexus. To address migration and climate change, States require capacities to anticipate and manage the effects of climate change, while iPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicntegrating the associated migration risks and opportunities. IOM is committed to building the capacity of policymakers with tools and years of experience as the leading agency on Migration, Environment and Climate Change. At the event opening remarks were delivered by Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Program Director of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Mr. Alessandro Budai, Deputy Department Director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Akbar Asgarov, Senior Inspector of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Vagif Mansurov, and IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Specialist, Ms. Mariam Traore. The launch event was attended by the ambassadors, government officials representing various ministries and state agencies, representatives of the international organizations, civil society, media and academic circle.
For further information on the Training Manual, please go to: www.environmentalmigration.iom.int/training-manual

   
  Awareness Raising Workshop on Protecting Migrants
 

On 13th June 2017, IOM Azerbaijan hosted the Awareness Raising Workshop Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicon Protecting Migrants in the Context of Crises under the auspices of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan and IOM Mission in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The meeting counted with representation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and representatives of multiple diplomatic missions in Azerbaijan. The opening speech was delivered by the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan, Mr Serhan Aktoprak and Migration Policy Officer at Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (MICIC)Secretariat, Ms Chiara Milano. In the morning session, topics discussed included the guidelines for assisting migrants in emergency situations and gathering information on migrants in a country before and during crises, during which the valuable experiences of the State Ministries and foreign diplomatic missions were shared. The workshops continued after lunch with quality information sharing on topics such as communicating with the different groups of migrants during a crisis and providing assistance toPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic them at times of extreme need, such as after natural disasters. Using case studies from the Republic of Azerbaijan and the diplomatic missions’ own experiences, the paramount importance of good communication and teamwork between the states in question and independent stakeholders in crisis situations was highlighted. During the event, Ms Milano, has presented the MICIC Guidelines developed with the view to protect migrants in countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster. These guidelines identify the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders vis-à-vis migrants in countries in crisis and provide concrete guidance on how to prepare for and respond to crises in ways that protect and empower migrants. After the lunch, the event was followed by practical sessions/exercises, involving all participants, co-facilitated by Mr Serhan Aktoprak and Ms Chiara Milano. It should be noted that participants made their contributions concerning the ways of protecting migrants in the context of crises at the national and international levels. Finally the different MICIC capacity building tools developed by IOM were presented and demonstrated to the guests.

   
  The Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan Project has been officially launched
 

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicOn 12 June 2017, IOM organized a kick-off event for the ‘Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan’ (ENCT) Project funded by the European Union and co-funded by IOM International Development Fund. The event was attended by close to 100 participants including Ambassadors and senior officials of the EU Member States, non-EU Member StaPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republictes, government agencies, UN agencies, international and intergovernmental organizations and civil society. Speeches were delivered by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan HE Ambassador Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan HE Ambassador Malena Mard, Chief of the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Persons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Colonel Heydar Heydarov and Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan, Mr. Serhan Aktoprak. With a budget of EURO 875K, the ENCT Project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Azerbaijan in effectivelyPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic countering human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking. This will be attained through enhancement of national judicial capacities in ensuring effective justice delivery pertaining to the cases of human trafficking, strengthening of referral mechanisms and optimized cross-organizational cooperation to address human trafficking crimes, and last but not least via enhancement of regional and international cooperation and partnerships to fight against human trafficking and protection of victims. IOM will be implementing the project in close cooperation and coordination with the Ministries of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Labour and Social Protection of the Population, State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ombudsman’s Office, State Committee for Family, Women and Children and other Government agencies, as well as EU Member States.

   
   
     
 

IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW TENDERS:

 

Notification on Extension

 

To whom it may concern

IOM Mission in the Republic of Azerbaijan hereby extends the time limit for the submission of the below indicated tenders by 4 weeks. Now the closing date of submission is June 02, 2017 at 18:00 (Baku time).

·   Setting up the system of e-document circulation for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan / Ref.# AZ-002-2017;

·  Development of citizenship issues investigation subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan / Ref.# AZ-003-2017;

·  Improvement of the e-services of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan / Ref.# AZ-004-2017;

·   Development of biometric identity management system for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan / Ref.# AZ-005-2017.

This decision has been made due to the change on the technical specifications of Tender Ref.# AZ-005-2017 as per the request of the beneficiary institution - the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as questions received from bidders, to ensure that all interested tenderers have a proper understanding of the tender specifications and more time to prepare their bids, while allowing wider competition and higher-quality tenders.

Note. All prices should be indicated in EUR.

All other conditions in the tenders remain unchanged.

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Setting up the system of e-document circulation for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the CMBA Project:.

RFP_for_Services_E-document_curculation_002_2017.pdf

 

RFP_for_Services_E-document_curculation_002_2017.doc 

Clarifications_for_bidders.docx Form 1 (Azerbaijani) Form 1 (English)
 
 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of citizenship issues investigation subsystem for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the CMBA Project:

RFP_for Services_Citizenship_003_2017.pdf

 

RFP_for Services_Citizenship_003_2017.doc 

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Improvement of the e-services of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the CMBA Project:

RFP_for_Services_Improving_e-services_004_2017.pdf

 

RFP_for_Services_Improving_e-services_004_2017.doc 

 

IOM intends to hire Service Provider for Development of biometric identity management system for the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan within the CMBA Project:

RFP_for_Services_Biometrics_005_2017.pdf

 

RFP_for_Services_Biometrics_005_2017.doc 

Clarifications_for_bidders.docx 

 
 
     
   
   
  IOM PRESENTS THE SPECIALIST HANDBOOK AND ORGANIZES TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON MANAGING MIGRANT ACCOMODATION CENTRES
 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), is Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicorganizing a Training of Trainers on 3-5 May 2017 for 19 migration practitioners and representatives from the relevant institutions to present the Specialist Handbook and the Curriculum on Managing Migrant Accommodation Centers (MACs). The Handbook provides guidelines on managing migrant accommodation centers of the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan in line with universal standards and best international practices. The Handbook will be an important working tool particularly for the MAC staff and relevant institutions in the delivery of services and monitoring of Centers. The Handbook and Training Curriculum is developed by IOM within the framework of the Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan (CMBA) Project which is funded by the European Union and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. IOM will continue to assist the national institutions in building capacities and safeguarding of migrants’ rights.

 
  IOM Azerbaijan in partnership with the government of Azerbaijan prevents transnational crimes counter trafficking and migrant smuggling
 

During 1-2 May 2017, IOM organized a two- day training for officials of the State Migration Service (SMS) and the State Border Service (SBS) on counter trafficking and migrant smuggling within the framework of the European Union funded project entitledPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicConsolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan’. The training was held in preparation of the upcoming Islamic Solidarity Games hosted by Azerbaijan during 12-22 May 2017. Many global reports indicate that sharp increase of in-and-out flow of people due to such global sporting events pose increased risk to incidences of exploitation and human trafficking in the host country. This initiative was organized to raise awareness amongst the law enforcement officials within the context of the Government of Azerbaijan’s efforts to combat human trafficking. A total of 17 officials from SMS and SBS participated in the training. The sessions focused on detailed information about human trafficking trends surrounding international events and identifying possible risks and crimes during international events in the host country. Interactive discussions were held on case studies among the trainees and their knowledge was updated on identifying possible risks and crimes before and during major international events as well as first response duties for law enforcement officials. Trainees were provided with certificates at the end of training. 

   
  IOM has successfully completed nine-month Advanced Training of Trainers Course for the State Border Service officials in Azerbaijan
 

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicOn 24-27 April 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) succefully organized the last Training of Trainers (ToT) on Module 7: Leadership and Management as a part of the Advanced TOT Course for experienced Trainer-Practitioner Officers (TPOs) within the ‘Enhancement of National Capacity for Integrated Border Management in Azerbaijan’ Project funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by IOM. The Advanced ToT course ran from August 2016 to April 2017 and included following seven modules:
1. Document Security and Detection of Forged Documents

2. Features of Border Control for Individuals and Transport Means

3. Readmission Management and Human Rights

4. Types of and Combating Cross-Border Crimes

5. Data Analysis 6. Principles and Methods of Training

7. Leadership and Management
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The nine-month ToT Programme was attended by ten experienced State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SBS) officials who will be certified as expert trainers to facilitate the continuous trainings to cascade their knowledge to the SBS Officers throughout Azerbaijan. The ToT Programme aimed at enhancing capacity of on document control and verification in line with best practices, on important elements of border security and the integrated border management strategy, on requirements and strategies readmission management and joint return operations, on risk management and data analysis competences, as well as on theories of leadership and management, organizational culture and change management. As a next step, IOM will compile the developed chapters of handbook and curriculum in one single document for the use of SBS officials.

   
  Training to Health Professionals
 

On 19-20 April 2017, IOM Azerbaijan organized a training for healthcare professionals in Khachmaz within the framework of the United States Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded project entitled "Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan- Phase VI”. The program was attended by 16 doctors and nurses from different health institutions of the region. The trainers were part of a TOT held in 2016 by IOM. The training focused on the physical health effects of trafficking and exploitation on the victims. The participants were given detailed information about physical signs of trauma, the guiding principles on how to deal with trauma and the practical application on how to ensure safe guidance to ensure recovery of the victims of trafficking and violence. Other topics covered during the training were Health Officer`s Role, areas of infectious diseases especially on HIV/AIDS. Often victims who are trafficked for labor and sexual exploitation suffer physical and mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder due to physical assaults and beatings, and depression that elevates the risk of their health. These consequences require a coordinated response by the health professionals while providing victim care. The training in Khachmaz was part of the capacity building efforts by IOM to build an increased understanding on the health consequences of human trafficking.

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On 23 February 2017, IOM organized a Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting training for 13 participants from three NGO shelters -Clean World, Azerbaijan Children Union, TAMAS Regional Development Public Unions.

The USAID funded-Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) project envisages to enhance the capacity of thePhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic NGO shelters on effective shelter management and improved assistance services provided to the victims of trafficking and vulnerable groups. Along with the direct support to the shelters, IOM also aims at ensuring the sustainability of the shelters’ development and enhancement of their capacity to raise funds. During the workshop, Shareen Tuladhar, Head of Migrants Assistance Unit, delivered a session on the monitoring and evaluation framework as a process to improve performance and achieve results. Konul Karimova briefed about IOM counter trafficking projects and activities. Humay Eminli presented the new reporting templates for shelters developed by IOM to ensure a systematic and standardized documentation and reporting of data. The templates provide guidance to the shelters to document achievements in a timely manner and also detects any mistakes and prevents possible delays. Vugar Naghiyev, USAID delivered a session on how to write success stories and reach out the readers through various communication platforms and channels such as social media, newsletters, blogs, etc. After the presentation, the participants were divided into groups to write success stories based on real cases and situations. Discussions were held on strength and weaknesses of the writing styles amongst participants. This training is in-line with the findings of the shelter assessment conducted for the three shelters under the CTIP project.

 

Increased understanding on health consequences to victims of human trafficking

On 21-22 February 2017, International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a training to build the capacity of healthcare professionals in Sumgait, Azerbaijan. Based on the IOM manual on Caring for Trafficked Persons for the heaPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republiclthcare professionals, the training focused on enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in identification, referral and assistance to the victims/potential victims of trafficking. The training was organized within the framework of the ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase VI’ funded by U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). The training in Sumgait is the first roll-out training to be organized in the different regions of the country to increase their knowledge on the specific health issues concerning trafficked persons and the role of healthcare providers to respond to their needs. Earlier in 2016, a training of trainers was delivered by international and local experts to develop a pool of national experts to lead this effort at the regional level. Attended by 19 healthcare providers including gynecologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, physPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicicians etc, IOM through these trainings strives to capacitate medical experts in detecting and identifying victims and vulnerable migrants in need of specific assistance and support. During the training, the Director of Victim Assistance Centre of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Nazakat Balabayova briefed about the indicators of human trafficking and its form, the legislative framework to combat on human trafficking, and role of the Victim Assistance Centre. Javid Jahangirly, trainer expressed, highlighted that trafficking victims often suffer serious physical abuse and physical exhaustion as well as starvation, broken bones, burn, and other injuries consistent with assault. The injuries can cause lasting health problems and may require long-term treatment. Therefore, it is important that healthcare professionals understand this phenomenon and respond accordingly. Gunel Valimammadova, trainer, highlighted that the participating health care professions demonstrated interest to the discussions and expressed the importance of impartiality and unprejudiced approach to the trafficked persons.

 

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IOM PRESENTS A NEW MANUAL TO THE CONSULAR OFFICIALS

 

Baku - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a workshop to present the initial version of the Consular Reference Manual that intends to provide guidelines to facilitate the running of the consular operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Consular Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicReference Manual will be an important working tool for consular officers in the delivery of consular services at both the overseas missions and Ministry level. The manual includes eight chapters: 1) general consular matters; 2) protection and assistance; 3) legal matters; 4) nationality and citizenship; 5) passports and return certificates, including return of citizens; 6) visas; 7) notarial, legislation and other documentary services; 8) disaster and crisis preparedness and management and covers the issues related to the migration processes. The Consular Reference Manual is developed by the IOM with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, within the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) implemented by IOM, funded by the European Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicUnion and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. The draft of the Manual was presented in a 3-day workshop in Baku for 25 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service and Ministry of Emergency Situations. The workshop was opened with the remarks by Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Ambassador-At-Large, also in charge of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeroen Willems, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission of the IOM Azerbaijan.

   

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On 23 February 2017, IOM organized a Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting training for 13 participants from three NGO shelters -Clean World, Azerbaijan Children Union, TAMAS Regional Development Public Unions.

The USAID funded-Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) project envisages to enhance the capacity of thePhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic NGO shelters on effective shelter management and improved assistance services provided to the victims of trafficking and vulnerable groups. Along with the direct support to the shelters, IOM also aims at ensuring the sustainability of the shelters’ development and enhancement of their capacity to raise funds. During the workshop, Shareen Tuladhar, Head of Migrants Assistance Unit, delivered a session on the monitoring and evaluation framework as a process to improve performance and achieve results. Konul Karimova briefed about IOM counter trafficking projects and activities. Humay Eminli presented the new reporting templates for shelters developed by IOM to ensure a systematic and standardized documentation and reporting of data. The templates provide guidance to the shelters to document achievements in a timely manner and also detects any mistakes and prevents possible delays. Vugar Naghiyev, USAID delivered a session on how to write success stories and reach out the readers through various communication platforms and channels such as social media, newsletters, blogs, etc. After the presentation, the participants were divided into groups to write success stories based on real cases and situations. Discussions were held on strength and weaknesses of the writing styles amongst participants. This training is in-line with the findings of the shelter assessment conducted for the three shelters under the CTIP project.

 

Increased understanding on health consequences to victims of human trafficking

On 21-22 February 2017, International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a training to build the capacity of healthcare professionals in Sumgait, Azerbaijan. Based on the IOM manual on Caring for Trafficked Persons for the heaPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republiclthcare professionals, the training focused on enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in identification, referral and assistance to the victims/potential victims of trafficking. The training was organized within the framework of the ‘Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase VI’ funded by U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL). The training in Sumgait is the first roll-out training to be organized in the different regions of the country to increase their knowledge on the specific health issues concerning trafficked persons and the role of healthcare providers to respond to their needs. Earlier in 2016, a training of trainers was delivered by international and local experts to develop a pool of national experts to lead this effort at the regional level. Attended by 19 healthcare providers including gynecologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, physPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicicians etc, IOM through these trainings strives to capacitate medical experts in detecting and identifying victims and vulnerable migrants in need of specific assistance and support. During the training, the Director of Victim Assistance Centre of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Nazakat Balabayova briefed about the indicators of human trafficking and its form, the legislative framework to combat on human trafficking, and role of the Victim Assistance Centre. Javid Jahangirly, trainer expressed, highlighted that trafficking victims often suffer serious physical abuse and physical exhaustion as well as starvation, broken bones, burn, and other injuries consistent with assault. The injuries can cause lasting health problems and may require long-term treatment. Therefore, it is important that healthcare professionals understand this phenomenon and respond accordingly. Gunel Valimammadova, trainer, highlighted that the participating health care professions demonstrated interest to the discussions and expressed the importance of impartiality and unprejudiced approach to the trafficked persons.

 

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IOM PRESENTS A NEW MANUAL TO THE CONSULAR OFFICIALS

 

Baku - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a workshop to present the initial version of the Consular Reference Manual that intends to provide guidelines to facilitate the running of the consular operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Consular Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicReference Manual will be an important working tool for consular officers in the delivery of consular services at both the overseas missions and Ministry level. The manual includes eight chapters: 1) general consular matters; 2) protection and assistance; 3) legal matters; 4) nationality and citizenship; 5) passports and return certificates, including return of citizens; 6) visas; 7) notarial, legislation and other documentary services; 8) disaster and crisis preparedness and management and covers the issues related to the migration processes. The Consular Reference Manual is developed by the IOM with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, within the framework of the project “Consolidation of Migration and Border Management Capacities in Azerbaijan” (CMBA) implemented by IOM, funded by the European Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicUnion and co-funded by BP and its co-venturers. The draft of the Manual was presented in a 3-day workshop in Baku for 25 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Migration Service and Ministry of Emergency Situations. The workshop was opened with the remarks by Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Ambassador-At-Large, also in charge of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeroen Willems, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Azerbaijan and Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission of the IOM Azerbaijan.

   

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IOM continues its efforts to empower vulnerable groups in Azerbaijan
 

On 12-20 December, 2016 IPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicOM Mission in Azerbaijan in close cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan conducted small business training targeting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees residing in Agdam, Barda, Fuzuli, Terter, Gazakh and Goranboy districts of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In total six three-day training that covered each of aforementioned areas, were organized in the framework of the project “Support to socio-economic development of conflict-affected population in Azerbaijan” funded by the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). The project aims to enhance socio-economic reintegration of IDP/refugees and their family members into Azerbaijan society, by helping them to earn their livelihoods, improve their standard of living and become participatory members of the society with enhanced self-esteem. IOM’s primary partner is the State Committee on Refugee and IDP Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in closePhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic coordination of which the project target areas and training participants were determined. During the business training, conducted by two professional trainers, the participants were given different theoretical and practical knowledge concerning establishing/expanding small business activities in rural areas. The events also became a platform for participants to share their own views regarding the challenges and opportunities of doing small business in rural areas. As expected from initial contacts with the project stakeholders the training was of great interest among the beneficiaries. Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicIn total 87 IDP/refugees from six target areas attended the training. The female participants constitute 26% of all participants, which is quite good indicator in terms of gender dimension. At the end of training 82 business plans in total were submitted by the beneficiaries. These business plans represent different business areas ranging from cattle-breading and small-scale production (like, home-made sweeties) to service sectors, like auto-wash, hairdressing and etc. After evaluation of the submitted business plans the selected ones will be awarded small grants within the project. In this context, at the end of this project, up to 70 IDP/refugee families are expected to be able to establish/expand their small business activities.

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On 19 December 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with the State Migration Service and the Office of the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Azerbaijan organized an event to mark the ‘International Migrants’ Day and IOM’s 65th Anniversary as well as IOM’s 20th Anniversary in Azerbaijan and the 15th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan’s Membership in IOM.
 

The event commenced with the opening remarks delivered by Mr. Serhan Aktoprak, Chief of Mission of IOM in Azerbaijan, Mr. Parviz Musayev, Deputy Head of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ms. Elmira Suleymanova, Ombudswoman of the RepublPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Azer Allahverenov, Head of Public Council by the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More than 100 officials from the ministries, diplomatic corps, and civil society organizations including the Embassies of the Norway, Mexico, Greece, Palestine, Japan, Hungry, Ukraine, Serbia, NGOs and international organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR and ICMPD attended the event. In his welcoming speech, Mr. Aktoprak appreciated and congratulated the efforts of the Government with the most recent milestone achievement of signing the Cooperation Agreement on Pilot Project “Voluntary Return of Migrants from Azerbaijan” between IOM and Azerbaijani Government. He highlighted that we live at a time of unprecedented human mobility - a period in which more people are on the move than ever before. The situation is specially stressed in Europe, where a large number of migrants aim to arrive, but most of them face difficulties during their trip and as a result 7277 deaths were reported in 2016. The increasing number of deaths and missing migrants in comparison with previous years is extremely alarming. Solutions to the crisis of forced migration and the protection of migrants can only be found within a wider, coherent and long-term policy framework that addresses both drivers behind migration and countries’ legitimate need for labour migration, he continued. Later he noted that, besides of all the negative context, there have been important developments in the global multilateral negotiations where migration and human mobility have been included and which are very positivePhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic and encouraging, such as, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the new Urban Agenda and last but not least bringing IOM into the UN system on 19 September 2016. He further emphasized the positive roles of New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants – the global compact on migration Migration Governance Framework and Migration Crisis Operational Framework, both recently endorsed by IOM’s Member States, and important guidance from the state-led Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative. Ombudswoman of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ms. Elmira Suleymanova highlighted that the year of 2016 was declared the Year of Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s experince on this could be a model for the world. She added that tolerance is more than endurance, it is a respect for all rights of human beings and cooperation among them. The videos “A Letter from a Refugee” and “A Day without Migrants” were demonstrated at the event. At the end of the event migrants shared their experiences with the participants. Ms. Fatma Hasanli, a refugee from Afghanistan and Mr. Chingiz Mursalov, a migrant from Russia expressed their gratitude to the government for the given opportunities.

 
 
IOM continues its work to further enhance the capacities of local NGOs and media/press representatives in monitoring, identifying, reporting and referring trafficking in persons and labor exploitation cases

On 13-16 December 2016, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized the Training in Baku, Azerbaijan for NGOs and media/press representatives on monitoring, identifying, reporting and referring trafficking in persons and labor exploitation cases. The Training was attenPhoto by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicded by 25 professionals from ‘TAMAS’ Regional Development PU, Azerbaijan Children Union, ‘Clean World’ PU, Women Initiatives and Help to Solve Social Problems PU, National NGO Forum Guba Resource Centre, “Education” Public Support Association of Youth of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and journalists from all over the country including Barda, Ismayilli, Mingachevir, Oghuz and Baku. The facilitators of the training were international experts Ms. Gungor Cabuk, NGO Specialist and Prof. Dr. Suleyman Irvan and national expert Mr. Rahib Karimov. The topics on defining the phenomenon of trafficking in persons and the difference between migrant smuggling and trafficking in persons; the ethical issues to be followed while reporting human trafficking cases by media; the cooperation between civil society and media and other related sessions were discussed in an interactive manner. For deepen the knowledge of the participants, role plays and group works were organized which contributed to the engagement of the trainees and mutual learning. The participants commended this opportunity to enhance the networking and cooperation between local actors. The training was organized within the framework of the US Department of State (INL) funded project Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking in Persons through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase IV.

 
IOM and Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan Signed Cooperation Agreement for Launching a Pilot Project on Voluntary Return of Migrants from Azerbaijan

Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan RepublicThe Cooperation Agreement was signed at a symbolic moment when IOM celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Azerbaijan as well as Azerbaijan’s 15th Anniversary of Membership in IOM.

The Agreement was signed in Geneva on 8 December 2016 by the Director General of IOM Mr. William Lacy Swing and the Chief of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, II rank state migration service counselor Mr. Firudin Nabiyev who was in Switzerland attending the 107th Session of the Council of International Organization for Migration on behalf of Azerbaijan.

Since 2008, Azerbaijan has transformed itself into a common destination country for international migrants. The Government of Azerbaijan, with the State Migration Service in the lead, demonstrates significant efforts to establish an integrated migration management strategy, a prerequisite of which is addressing irregular migration by ensuring the protection of the human rights of migrants in line with the national legislation of Azerbaijan as well as international instruments to which Azerbaijan is a party.

IOM considers Assisted Voluntary Return an indispensable part of a comprehensive approach to migration management, which combines efficient border management, effective asylum processing structures and respect for human rights by facilitating the safe and dignified return of migrants and by encouraging their sustainable reintegration at home. IOM also advocates the establishment of a cooperative approach and partnership with regards to the Photo by State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republicmanagement of return migration frameworks by engaging countries of origin, transit and destination.

The cooperation thus initiated in the context of voluntary return among the various parties to the process constitutes a platform on which discussion may be expanded to explore, inter alia, possibilities to establish facilitated legal migration channels between those same countries.

This project aims to offer favourable conditions for the successful return of rejected asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants who wish to return voluntarily to their countries of origin. The project will introduce and build the capacity of relevant governmental and non-governmental institutions on the Assist Voluntary Return mechanism as additional return mechanism which the state could enjoy within their migration policy. Important to note this that the pilot is a phased in approach to introducing a more comprehensive and sustainability programme that includes Reintegration.

The pilot project will be the first of its kind for Azerbaijan and will incorporate already existing good practices implemented by IOM and its partners that is available only in a few countries in the world. IOM thus believes that the project will serve as an excellent replicable model for many countries in the Eurasian region and beyond.

The signing of the Agreement demonstrates once again Azerbaijan’s commitment in protection of the human rights of migrants in line with the national legislation of Azerbaijan as well as international instruments to which Azerbaijan is a party.

 
In Baku, Azerbaijan the Training of Trainers organized for health care professionals focused on building their capacities in identifying, referring and caring for victims of trafficking

On 22-24 November 2016, IOM Mission in Azerbaijan organized the Training of Trainers (ToT) in Baku, Azerbaijan for healthcare professionals focused on building their capacities in identifying, referring and caring for trafficking persons as the health care is a central form of prevention and support in the network of anti-trafficking assistance measures. The ToT that has been attended up to 30 professionals from Women’s Consultation Clinics, Republican Clinical Hospital, Children Clinical Hospital, psychological health centre, Victim Assistance Centre, state and civil society shelters for trafficked persons and is organized in partnership with the Victims Assistance Service under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population. The participants of the training included different types and levels of health providers such as psychologist, gynecologists, infectious disease specialists, pediatrists etc. as the informed and attentive health care provider can play an important role in assisting and treating individuals who may have suffered unspeakable and repeated abuse. Alongside with health care providers the representatives of civil society organizations specialized in providing social, legal and psychological and shelter services to trafficked persons were also among the participants of the training. It should be noted that the diversified composition of the participants further enriches the discussions and as noted by the participants themselves the training has been mutually beneficial platform for exchange of specific experience and add up depth and practical knowledge about resources and referral to the activities. The facilitators of the ToT included Mr. Jaime Calderon, IOM Regional Office in Vienna, Senior Regional Migration and Health Specialist and Mr. Nazim Agazade, MD, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Full Professor of Psychiatry. Mr. Ramil Kazimov, Senior Operational Officer from the Counter Trafficking Main Department, Ministry of Interior briefed about the legislation on combatting human trafficking and National Referral mechanism of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The ToT is organized within the framework of the US Department of State (INL) funded project Enhancing Cooperation Measures to Effectively Combat Trafficking In Persons Through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance in Azerbaijan – Phase VI. In the framework of the previous phase of the project two IOM publications Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Providers and Caring for Trafficked Persons Facilitator’s Guide was translated from English into Azerbaijani and printed. The publications are curriculum and handbook respectively and are comprehensive documents developed with the aim to address the needs of health care professionals on providing victim centered, informed and sensitive health care to trafficked persons. As a next step after the organization of ToT in Baku, the cascade trainings will be organized out of capital in the regions to reach out and capacitate the healthcare providers located in the provinces.

 
IOM continues to support Azerbaijan State Border Service in its capacity building efforts

 On 22-24 November 2016, International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized the 4th training for the State Border Service (SBS) officials within the framework of the project “Enhancement of National Capacity for Integrated Border Management in Azerbaijan” funded by the United States Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by IOM. The three-day training on biometric passport control and Schengen visa regulations was a supplementary part of the Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme covering seven modules on border management and training development. It was attended by the same officials from the SBS who took part at the previous three ToT sessions. In the first two days of the training course the participants got acquainted with biometrics in general, biometric documents and the four-tier access control models of the integrated border management. In the last day, the participants were given theoretical information on Schengen agreement, Schengen visas in general, its requirements, categories and safety features. It should be noted that in the framework of the Advanced ToT course, each performed ToT sessions are being accompanied with a chapter of the Handbook on specific modules tailor-made to the SBS and distributed to the training participants. At the end of the training programme, all chapters tested and reviewed during the training sessions will be compiled in one Handbook and Curriculum for use and wider dissemination by the SBS. IOM will further perform five more ToT for SBS officials in the framework of the Advance ToT Programme.

 
The Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme on Readmission and Human Rights

The Consolidation of Migration and Border Management in Azerbaijan (CMBA) Project continues enhancing the national capacities on human rights based implementation of the readmission agreements. Around 100 officials participated in to the trainings on readmission and human rights in 2016 in Azerbaijan under the Project. The Training of Trainers (ToT) Programme on Readmission and Human Rights have been organized in January & February 2016 and the first cascaded trainings have been conducted in April 2016 for the State Migration Service (SMS) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In November 2016, four additional trainings have been organized in Baku and Nakhchivan in the framework of the CMBA project funded by the European Union as responding to the request made by the national institutions. The first 2 two-day trainings were successfully held in Baku on 1-2 November and 3-4 November 2016 and attended by fourteen officials from the SMS and one official from the MFA. Training sessions covered the topics on introduction to the International Migration Law (IML); return and readmission; human rights standards & migrants’ rights at the regional and international laws. The trainings were facilitated by the trainers, who had completed the ToT Programme on Readmission and Human Rights and became a national trainer. The next two trainings were conducted in Nakhchivan on 15-16 November and 17-18 November 2016, with the participation of total 30 trainees from the SMS, department of MFA, Ombudsman Office, Customs Committee, and the Ministry of Justice of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (NAR). The training participants were provided with the training kit consist of regional and international instruments, manuals such as IOM’s Manual on Readmission for experts and practitioners, published reports as well as translated version of the Handbook on European Law relating to asylum, borders and immigration of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.

 

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